Alabama Republicans nominated a former Roy Moore aide for the state Supreme Court chief justice position -- the job from which Moore was twice removed.
With over half a million votes cast Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker won Tuesday's GOP primary, securing 51.6 percent of the vote to Lyn Stuart's 48.4 percent.
A previous version of Parker's campaign website celebrated his support for his former boss.
"Tom Parker fought to keep the Ten Commandments in our courtrooms. After Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office, Parker was fired from his job with the courts for defending Moore and the Ten Commandments," his website bragged.
Parker was Moore's spokesman and legal adviser, but lost his job with Moore was ousted from the court.
Now, Parker is receiving criticism for his troubling history of bigotry.
"The man who could replace Roy Moore as the next chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court is a lot like Moore—only more racist and homophobic," is how The Root described the race. "While Moore’s repeated smacking down should be comforting, the state of Alabama does not have a shortage of racist, homophobic Jesus freaks elected to public office."
In 2004, Parker was caught handing out Confederate flags at a funeral, flanked by Leonard Wilson of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens and Mike Whorton of the secession organization League of the South.
He also attended a party to celebrate Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest who was the founding grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
Parker's stances may have made him a good fit for the Alabama GOP primary.
"Despite what you may think, I am not revealing any new information to Alabama’s GOP voters. It’s not that Southern Republicans somehow keep stumbling across white men who just happen to be bigots—It’s what they want!" The Root concluded.
Watch Tom Parker explain why be believes Roy Moore's denials: